Past Exhibitions

Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s

February 7 – May 3, 2015

The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950s are now iconic. To whet consumers’ appetites for the “latest thing,” the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or “promos.” Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period’s Space Age design and general prosperity. Read More ›

On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore

February 7 – May 3, 2015

EAM presents new work by internationally celebrated sculptor Nnenna Okore. Through repetitive, labor-intensive processes, Okore transforms discarded and organic materials like burlap, newspapers, plastic bags and twine into large-scale wall hangings and installations. Okore’s dramatic and undulating forms float in and across space, often casting shadows on their surrounds. Read More ›

Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest

February 7 – May 3, 2015

In 2014, Elmhurst Art Museum was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime Board member, donor and supporter of the museum. The largest gift in EAM’s history, these paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and video installations by an international group of artists will be a significant addition to the collection, broadening the scope of the museum’s holdings of contemporary art. Read More ›

Monika Wulfers, Five Equal Sides, not a pentagon

January 21, 2014

Five Equal Sides, not a pentagon, an important site-specific light installation by German-American artist Monika Wulfers, was purchased by Elmhurst Art Museum earlier this month. The work is a significant example of Wulfers' large-scale neon "drawings" which fills the glass-walled lobby of the Museum from floor to ceiling and is visible from adjacent Wilder Park. Read More ›

In the House: Laura Davis

September 13, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Continuing the lively exploration and use of the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House from 1952, EAM is premiering an ongoing exhibition series called “In the House.” On a regular basis, artists, designers and architects will be invited to respond to the modernist structure by producing a site-specific installation in the house that takes into consideration its unique space and history. Read More ›